Koloa, HI
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Koloa is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 2,252 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Koloa is the 45th largest community in Hawaii.

Koloa home prices are not only among the most expensive in Hawaii, but Koloa real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Koloa is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Koloa is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Koloa who work in food service (16.10%), maintenance occupations (13.36%), and office and administrative support (9.67%).

Also of interest is that Koloa has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One of the nice things about Koloa is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One of the benefits of Koloa is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.93 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

In terms of college education, Koloa is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.29% of adults 25 and older in Koloa have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Koloa in 2010 was $20,103, which is low income relative to Hawaii, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $80,412 for a family of four. However, Koloa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Koloa is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Koloa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Koloa residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Koloa also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.48% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Koloa include Portuguese, Irish, French , and English.

In addition, Koloa has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.62%).

The most common language spoken in Koloa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Pacific Island languages and Tagalog.

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